Saturday, February 21, 2009

Scott Simon Lecture at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

Tuesday, March 17, 2009 at 7:30 pm.
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

There are certain voices in America that stitch into our lives like family recipes, old jokes, and wedding dresses; they become a part of our routine, a part of our consciousness, and we depend on them. Scott Simon is such a voice. With a smooth Midwestern corn-husk purr, Simon has delivered straightforward and compelling reporting for National Public Radio for more than three decades. He has covered strife, siege, politics and baseball from many parts of the world, including Central America, Africa, India, the Middle East, and the Caribbean. His commentary is precise, opinionated and smart.

In addition to his coverage for NPR, Simon has been a frequent guest host of the CBS television program Nightwatch and CNBC's TalkBack Live. He has appeared as an essayist and commentator on NBC's Weekend Today and NOW with Bill Moyers. He has hosted many public television programs and has written for The New York Times' book review and opinion sections for the Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, and Gourmet Magazine.

He is also the author of four books: Home and Away: Memoir of a Fan; Jackie Robinson and the Integration of Baseball; and the novel Pretty Birds. His most recent book, Windy City, has been praised by the Washington Post as "comic but sneakily effective" in its detailed portrait of urban politics. Simon is always prepared to take on a breadth of topics, particularly as he reflects on transforming political and cultural observation into literature.

Simon lives with his wife, Caroline Richard, and their two daughters.

Individual Lecture Tickets:
-Prices: $10 (Upper Balcony Only)
-Order Online at
-Portland Center for the Performing Arts Box Office, SW Broadway and Main Street
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This event is generously sponsored by: Alter Wynne LLP

Literary Arts is a statewide, nonprofit organization that enriches the lives of Oregonians through language and literature. The programs of Literary Arts are Oregon Book Awards,
Oregon Literary Fellowships, Portland Arts & Lectures, Poetry in Motion®, Writers in the Schools and Delve: Readers' Seminars. For more information about the programs of Literary Arts, please contact James Rishky at 503.227.2583.

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